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  • International Workplace
  • 3 October 2014
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IOSH Working Safely course gets construction industry recognition

IOSH’s one-day Working Safely course has now been recognised by Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) as an equivalent to a Level 1 Award in health and safety in a construction environment. 

This means that delegates who successfully complete Working Safely can apply for a CSCS green Labourer card once they have also passed the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Operatives Test. 

This is great news for course delegates who have already successfully completed their Working Safely training because it gives them the opportunity to apply for their green card. 

Commenting on the news, Jan Chmiel, Chief Executive of IOSH, said: 

“We’re absolutely delighted with this new development as it’s something we’ve wanted to achieve on behalf of our training providers and members for some time. 

“We believe that training is relevant to everyone. Last year alone, more than 150,000 people were trained to our standards. Forward thinking organisations know that investing in a culture of care brings advanced performance through reputation, resilience and results.”

Working Safely is for people at any level, in any sector, needing a grounding in the essentials of health and safety.

Also commenting, Tracey Wright, Commercial Development Manager at IOSH, said:

“We’ve been working closely with CSCS over the past five months to achieve this recognition, bringing Working Safely in line with their new national occupational standard. That’s because we know it’s important to so many of our training providers who recognise our course as being world-class training.”

CSCS Chief Executive Graham Wren, added:

“When we introduced the Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment we were keen not to duplicate existing training that met the objectives of this new qualification. To do so would have resulted in construction employers incurring unnecessary costs.

“IOSH’s Working safely course met our strict mapping criteria and we are confident that anyone who has successfully completed it will have the necessary understanding of on-site health and safety issues which affect labourers.”

To find out more about Working Safely, please click here, or call our training team on 0871 777 8881, who will be happy to discuss this with you in more detail.